Colorado Confirms New, Probable Cases Of New COVID-19 Strain
Last month, Governor Polis took to Twitter to announce that a case of the new COVID-19 variant known as B.1.1.7 was found in Colorado.
Colorado health officials have now confirmed two additional cases of the new variant of COVID-19, according to the Denver Post.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes that the new variant strain could be more contagious than previous strains of the novel coronavirus, but does not lead to more severe symptoms.
On Dec. 30, the Denver Post reported that the first case of the new strain, which was initially discovered in the U.K., appeared in a Colorado National Guard member. A second member had a probable case, which has now been confirmed by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).
A third case was identified from test samples from a staff member of the Veterans Community Living Center at Fitzsimons, which is operated by the Colorado Department of Human Services, the Denver Post says.
State officials also are investigating a potential fourth case of the new variant strain in another staff member at the same facility.
An official news release stated, “Epidemiologists are closely monitoring the situation and are conducting an investigation on any further potential exposure".
COVID-19 is still very much alive in Colorado. As such, Coloradans are encouraged to keep washing their hands, wearing masks, and social distancing.